Purchasing Manager

Employer
Bigelow Tea
Location
Fairfield, Connecticut
Posted
Jan 29, 2018
Closes
Mar 30, 2018
Industry
Manufacturing
Employer Type
Direct Employer
Employment Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

The Purchasing Manager is a key member of the Supply Chain leadership team and leads a team of four in the procurement of packaging for the company.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Manage all activities of the Purchasing Department, supporting the packaging needs of the Bigelow manufacturing facilities and other corporate procurement requirements.
  • Oversee the procurement process for all packaging materials, ensuring best practices are followed relative to purchasing controls, quality, cost and inventory management.
  • Proactively seek ways to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of purchasing processes and tools to support the needs of the business.
  • Develop mid and long-term commodity strategies; conduct annual commodity reviews with a cross-functional team including Manufacturing and Quality.
  • Manage long term, strategic supplier relationships.
  • Work with suppliers to drive value for the business by improving cost, quality, and lead times.
  • Key user of LX, Bigelow’s ERP system, ensuring the system is aligned with business processes and maintained accordingly.  Supports team in use of the system.
  • Develop, monitor and refine purchasing KPI’s and metrics.
  • Conduct market research and analysis for benchmarking current costs and projecting trends.
  • Act as process owner for raw material and purchased finished goods inventory policies and practices; establish inventory targets by commodity.  Monitors results.
  • Oversee the implementation of Raw Material and Supplier Qualifications, following the appropriate Quality procedures.
  • Maintain the Purchasing Policy and Procedure Manual.  Coordinate procedures with other department as they relate to cross-functional processes.
  • Support new products and packaging through development, trial and commercialization phases.
  • Identify supply risks and develop contingency plans to mitigate potential issues.  Recommend alternative materials and/or suppliers to ensure secure supply.
  • Act as innovation scout for new technologies and sustainable packaging options.
  • Miscellaneous tasks assigned by senior management of the company as they may occur.

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